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by John Vialet


by John Vialet


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Grafton House, a Harvard research center located in a Newport, RI mansion, is hosting a conference on international immigration policy on a Fourth of July weekend. The stories of academics, lovers, hapless criminals Newport police and others whose lives are touched by the conference are woven together by a benevolent narrator:

• Dr. Anettka Gardiner is a young Pakistani labor economist married to Paul Gardiner, a much older businessman who spends most of his time in Paris. Anettka is flirting with the charismatic Deputy Director. Dr. Suleiman Khan, a famous Pakistani economist, dislikes Anettka because she is openly hostile to Islam.

• Dr. Phoebe Snow is investigating allegations that the center favors foreign staff. She has discovered she is pregnant after ending a long affair, and falls in love with a reporter covering the conference.

• Tobie Shaw, who manages the center’s antiquated computer system, was inadvertently responsible for the death of an ex-boyfriend in a botched robbery by Fat Willie and George Rakylz who are in Newport and want Tobie’s help. George, a batshit crazy MIT grad student, is planning a terrorist attack on Grafton House. This brings in the Newport Police Department and culminates in an explosive conference.

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ISBN-13: 9781634927246
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 01/30/2018
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

John Vialet was born in Louisiana, graduated from Harvard and MIT, worked for GAO in Washington, DC, and enjoys retirement and writing novels.

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